Entertainment Weekly sat down with Nina Dobrev during a recent TVD set visit to talk about the Season 3 finale, Elena’s transition, and Salvatores:
“She’s confused and changing and having different cravings and having different urges,” says Dobrev. “I feel like she’s kind of gone back to being stuck in the middle between the two boys.”
Give Me My Remote has more with Julie Plec, who discusses the show’s success, Twitter reactions to the Season 3 finale, and why Season 4 will not be slowing things down:
JP: And so I went into season 3 and I told all the actors, “This is the year we really need to prove to everybody that we’re good at what we do and this show is never going to falter. And the quality of storytelling, quality of production, quality of performance is our priority, and we’re going to do it, we’re going to work our asses off so nobody thinks this was just a fluke.” And we did so well in season 3 that I think in the back of our heads, we thought we could step back a little in season 4 and sleep a little. And then we get to season 4 and we realized, no, it’s been going so well, we haven’t faltered yet, let’s just drive this train all the way to the end of the series and never let anyone say, “You really blew it.” So that’s the goal.
And Zap2It has a nice introduction to upcoming guest star Grace Phipps, whose character, April, takes her bow on The Vampire Diaries in tonight’s episode. Spoiler alert: Phipps is really charming.
Phipps brings a great new energy to the cast, while April shifts the dynamic of the show a bit. Now, Elena isn’t concerned about saving herself all the time — she’s got a new, innocent person in town who means a lot to her, and keeping April safe begins to take priority. As we’ll see in tonight’s episode, “Memorial,” keeping April safe is much easier said than done thanks to a new hunter in town.
And yet more interviews, sneaking in under the wire! Entertainment Weekly has a sadly unembeddable compilation of video interviews with Candice Accola, Nina Dobrev, and Michael Trevino. They give some interesting teases for season four, including this one about tonight’s premiere:
“One giant emotional roller coaster ride,” says star Candice Accola. “Everyone’s just at their breaking point, on edge. Caroline especially.”
As if tonight’s season premiere wasn’t enough, Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first glimpse of Klaus and Elijah in 12th century garb (and hair!). In the accompanying video, costume designer Leigh Leverett talks about her style choices, and which character’s look was deliberately altered a bit from the period norm.
“I look at research from the period and find the best styles… that I think fit our show,” Leverett says about the three costumes she created for the episode. “We actually built all of this in our tailor shop.”
We’ve also got a few more interviews and goodies to help tide you over until tonight:
- VIDEO INTERVIEW: Julie Plec (Executive Producer) from The Vampire Diaries via the TV Chick
- ‘Vampire Diaries’ Pic: Klaus Hits His Breaking Point On Season Premiere via Hollywood Life
- THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: Kat Graham Teases Season 4 Will ‘Blow Your Mind’ via Give Me My Remote
Need something to distract you until tomorrow night’s premiere? Paul Wesley is over at Young Hollywood playing a fun Vampire or Werewolf? game – and, oh yeah, talking about season four:
And over at Entertainment Weekly, Ian Somerhalder talks about the love triangle and how Damon will deal with Elena’s transition:
“There is some stuff that is going to come up this season that I think fans will get a little bit of joy out of,” said Ian Somerhalder, who explained that the love triangle still has a ways to go. “There is a scene [where] Damon pushes [Elena's] buttons a little bit and kind of starts undressing in front of her [and] that throws her for a loop. It was pretty cute.”
Meanwhile, at Hollywood Life, Torrey DeVitto talks about what’s coming up for Meredith:
“I think you’ll see a bond grow between Damon and Meredith. It’s cool because he’s this erratic character, and she really holds her ground with him and with all the other characters. She’s strong-minded and doesn’t put up with his bulls**t. So deep down, whether he acknowledges it or not, he admires that about her. That’s how their friendship begins, really.”
It’s going to be a busy week, so here’s the next batch of interviews for your enjoyment. First up, Julie Plec previews Season 4′s return over at The Hollywood Reporter.
THR: Now that Elena’s exploring her new state of being as a vampire, will this force her to open her mind up?
Plec: Elena becoming a vampire, in a way, is an awakening of a person who is about to go through a lot of changes – some for the better and some for the worse, some for the darker and some for the lighter. In all that, she is going to evolve as a person and her relationships are going to evolve accordingly. I can’t say much beyond that other than that it’s a journey for her of an adolescent growing up to a really tragic adulthood. We change a lot in those years and we change what we want out of life; it’s a constant evolution.
TV Guide sits down with Nina Dobrev to talk vampire!Elena, Stefan and Damon, and Season 4 surprises.
Over at Entertainment Weekly, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder talk about vampire sex. And that’s all we need to say, right?
Zach Roerig chats with MTV’s Hollywood Crush about the State of the Donovan in Season 4 and how last season’s events will affect Matt’s relationship with Elena. (Also, book fans, there’s a nice spoilery gimme in that article that might interest you.)
“Damon definitely blames Matt and doesn’t think that Matt deserves to live,” Zach explained. “Of course Damon, being the rage-filled-fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of guy, comes at Matt. But thankfully Elena is there to defend him.
“Both Salvatore brothers make it clear to Matt that he needs to earn his survival,” he added.
And, finally, the Associated Press sat down with Daniel Gillies to talk Elijah, Elena, and Season 4.
IT’S ALL HAPPENING… We are on a one-week countdown to the start of Vampire Diaries Season 4 and Entertainment Weekly unveiled a stunning new TVD cast photo featuring all of your favorites – Matt, Meredith, Rebekah, Elijah, Klaus, Stefan, Elena, Damon, Bonnie, Tyler, Jeremy, and Caroline all present and accounted for.
And KSiteTV has our first look at images from The Rager (EP403) – read the synopsis – and we even get a look at upcoming guest star Grace Phipps as April. Caution as there will be mild spoilers! Click the image below to see more stills at KSiteTV.
There are a lot of cast interviews popping up lately, so we’re putting them all together in one place so everyone can revel in the TVD goodness. Only a couple more weeks until the start of Season 4! Some interviews may have hints and spoilers for the upcoming season, so be click at your own risk. Enjoy!
TV Fanatic Set Interviews:
- Nina Dobrev Dishes on Elena as a Vampire, Self-Sacrifice and The Prom (video above)
- Paul Wesley Interview: Elena’s Choice and More
- Candice Accola Interview: A Future for Klaroline?
- Joseph Morgan Scoops Season 4, Hopes to Regain Body
- Zach Roerig Speaks on Bond with Elena, Moral Compass, The Matt Hatter
- Phoebe Tonkin Previews “Ballsy” Vampire Diaries Character
- Candice Accola Talks “The Vampire Diaries” & More at iHeartRadio Festival via ClevverTV (Video above)
- Michael Trevino on ‘Vampire Diaries,’ First Love, and His Hollywood Crush via Bullett
- NINA DOBREV: THE ‘PERKS’ OF BEING A ‘VAMPIRE’via The Insider
- Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder: There’s depth to Damon
- Paul Wesley’s Secret TVD Plan via The Insider (VIDEO)
- Daniel Gillies talks ‘The Vampire Diaries’ in Spoiler Room Video Edition via Entertainment Weekly
Miss A Post This Past Week?
- Official Synopsis for The Rager (EP403)
- TV Bloggers Tease First Two Episodes of The Vampire Diaries Season 4
- UK’s ITV2 Announces Return Date for The Vampire Diaries
- CW Interview with Paul Wesley (VIDEO)
- TV Guide Reveals New Cold Open For TVD Season 4 (VIDEO)
- Paul Telfer Cast as Vampire Hunter Alexander
- Friday Night Bites, Sept. 21-28: EMMY Parties & Animal Friends
- CW Interview with Joseph Morgan (VIDEO)
- Official Synopsis for Memorial (EP402)
As part of their fall TV preview, Entertainment Weekly talked to Julie Plec and Nina Dobrev about the various transitions – including high school graduation – coming up for characters on season 4 of The Vampire Diaries. We’ll avoid the slightly spoilery specifics, but Julie Plec had this to say about these transitions in general:
“But look, what I’ve been saying a lot about this season to the people at the network and in general is that the writers and I are really focusing on that time in your life as your adolescence is coming to an end, that milestone of graduation, and you are making decisions: Do I leave home for good? Do I stay? Can I part with this town that’s been so important to me? Do I part with these people who have been so important to me? Am I going out into the world and starting a life and growing up?”
There’s more, including Paul Wesley‘s take on Stefan’s eternal youth and Nina‘s hopes for a certain big senior year event.
Here’s a giggle for your Tuesday, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly: the season three blooper reel. The DVD and Blu-Ray sets come out in the U.S. on September 11. Enjoy!
Need a little something to perk up your Monday? Entertainment Weekly has some Season 4 scoop for us, as well as some answers to a few frequently-asked questions about where things left off in last season’s finale. The teases cover everything from romance to murder, so it sounds like Season 4 will be kicking off in true Vampire Diaries style.